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Lindisfarne's Geordie Genius: The Alan Hull Story

  • 2021
  • Documentary and factual
  • Music

Summary

Sam Fender remembers the poet, songwriter and musician who led the band Lindisfarne to fame in the early 1970s, writing hit songs such as Lady Eleanor and Fog on the Tyne. Sam digs out archive interviews, performances and unseen footage, and meets friends, family and bandmates who knew Hull prior to his early death in 1995. He also hears the thoughts of contributors Sting, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Dave Stewart and Peter Gabriel

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Review

The question driving this excellent profile is “Why isn’t Alan Hull better known?”. And the evidence here will make you wonder the same. “Alan Hull was our Bob Dylan,” says Sting, and he’s backed by rising star Sam Fender — who covered Hull’s Winter Song — as well as Jimmy Nail, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello and others.

An accomplished guitarist and pianist, Hull already had up to 300 songs under his belt before he formed folk rock band Lindisfarne. And he was behind most of their biggest songs (Lady Eleanor, Fog on the Tyne, Run for Home).

Although he was no angel (“a right tearaway”, he was a heavy drinker and smoker, and died in 1995 at just 50), he loved his family and his job in a psychiatric hospital, where “he saw things through their eyes”.

Evocative, grainy footage of Hull on his own Tyneside turf and the admiring input of associates paint a picture of a compassionate man who cared deeply about his roots.

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PresenterSam Fender
UnknownSting
UnknownElvis Costello
UnknownDave Stewart
UnknownMark Knopfler
ProducerGed Clarke
DirectorGed Clarke
Executive producerTony Parker
Executive producerGeoff Wonfor
Executive producerMalcolm Gerrie

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